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Constantinople (İstanbul): Orphanage of Saint Paul


Orphanage of Saint Paul. Photo Jona Lendering.
The remains of the Orphanage of Saint Paul
The remains of Constantinople's Orphanage of Saint Paul can be found on the northeasternmost part of modern İstanbul, next to the Column of the Goth, just outside the Topkapı Palace. The ruins of the institution, which was founded by the emperor Justin II (565-578) and served not only orphants, but also elderly people, the blind, and war veterans, are not very impressive; the main attraction of the site is the splendid view of the confluence of the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn, immediately north of the Orphanage.

Apparently, there were at least two churches in the neighborhood too, dedicated to Saint Menas and Saint Demetrius.
Jona Lendering for
Livius.Org, 2008
Revision: 18 July 2008
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